Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition
Let’s face it, when I set the blog up many moons ago I intended to write about a lot of things. Sadly, that didn’t happen and I don’t put enough into my blog to get anything out of it, not really. I’ve written about other games, although not a great many to be fair, maybe enough to count on one hand. If you read my blog fairly regularly you will know that I am an avid knitter, and that I occasionally read, which leaves little time for playing games.
I think a combination of loosing my knitting mojo (thankfully now returned), and the discovery of this game sort of went in hand in hand.
I wanted to play Horizon Zero Dawn when it first came out – I hadn’t seen much about it, just a few photo’s and the background trailer in a Game shop, but didn’t quite get around to buying. I justified it to myself in that I didn’t spend enough time with my PlayStation as it was, let along getting a new game to go with it. Tomb Raider (reboot)? 1st completed, the rest half done. Uncharted? Watched the husband play, didn’t play myself. Crash reboot? 1st game done, the others abandoned. Same with Spyro. Red Dead sits barely touched. Even after all these games, could I justify getting another? But something called to me a little over a month or so ago in Game and I ended up buying the complete edition of the game. Plus, it was the complete edition of the game and only about £15. I didn’t exactly have much to loose by investing.
I am so glad I did. I fell so completely in love with this game that I have been literally obsessed. (I read a comment on Reddit the said you’re not officially obsessed until you start reading Fanfiction. Like… is it bad that I contemplated writing some haha – I was sort of shipping Errand/Aloy). At many spare moments I’ve loaded the game to get through a small section or quest only to turn it off again not long after to carry on with whatever it was I was doing. I played a lot like this actually as I didn’t want to rush my game, I didn’t want to run headlong into the conclusion then be bereft as there was no more game to play. I did every side quest I could (to be honest my only exception to this is the hunting grounds except for the small amount I had to do for a quest as I really suck at these things), I hunted machines – and whilst the game most definitely encourages you to explore different options for killing machines, I was definitely a hack and slash with the spear. Oh, how excited I was to get a spear upgrade in the DLC part of the game!
I have loved this game from beginning to end. The Frozen Wilds are actually making me cold at home, which I suppose is fitting considering the weather has changed and it is actually cold at home. There are much tougher machines up here, and that fancy armour that basically saved my backside in the end game is more or less null and voided in the Frozen Wilds, a very clever way to make sure that the game is still challenging and keeps you going. You basically can’t be too powerful, for the most part.
The storyline of this game is everything. I get why people said that some of the cutscenes were awkward, or a bit clunky, but the overarching story was simply astounding. I loved the details about it, from the audio and text details in the run up to the end of the world, the hologram vantage points, the details about the Sundom, just… there was a level of detail to this game that I haven’t seen in a long time.
I see that there are whispers in the air about a sequel. Chances are that sequel will be on the PS5, so I am going to have to get myself saving for one of them. I would totally play the next one (I only ever seem to upgrade my PlayStation when there’s a sequel game coming out. We got the PS4 for Rise of the Tomb Raider for example).
I have already put about 70/80 hours into this game. I’ve got the Frozen Wilds to complete, and my main story is at 90% completion. Will I mange to get to 100%? I doubt it, but for now I am going to keep playing at this game.